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Emerald Ash Borer aka EAB

Emerald Ash Borer aka EAB

ARREST THIS PEST!

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) announced last month that emerald ash borer (EAB) was confirmed for the first time in Scott County. The MDA received a call through their Arrest the Pest information phone line (888-545-6684) alerting them to a suspicious ash tree on private property in Prior Lake. An onsite visit confirmed an EAB-infested tree.  Scott County becomes the 10th county in Minnesota to verify EAB, joining Anoka, Dakota, Hennepin, and Ramsey counties in the metro area; Chisago County north of the metro and Fillmore, Houston, Olmstead, and Winona counties in southeastern Minnesota.

While a quarantine helps prevent the spread of EAB by restricting the movement of ash products including ash trees and limbs and all hardwood firewood, it will not stop it.  Be on the lookout for woodpecker damage on your ash trees and check for bark cracks.

Faith Appelquist of Treequality

As witnessed in the 70’s by Dutch Elm disease and now with EAB, when one species of tree is used for every boulevard in a city, it’s devastating when they all start dying.  My own town, which borders, a county in quarantine, is looking at cutting down all the Ash trees, that includes Green and White, and replacing them.  It will cost a small fortune but the sad part is, it’s not a matter of IF Emerald Ash Borer shows up, it’s WHEN.  The University of Minnesota Extension has extensive information about EAB.

For more information on EAB:  North Carolina Forest Service

EAB damage under bark

EAB damage under bark

 

 

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